Well I asked a mate down the pub (actually a retired engineer) about mains gas central heating in VT where he has a flat (although he normally stays in the village) . He said that a few people in his block had gone for it , but not many due to the high installation costs . His impression was that the company 'Bulgaz' or 'Bulgargaz' brought the gas pipeline into the appartments for free , but on the condition that they then installed the cental heating system ; maybe they are the only people acredited to install gas boilers ? He really wasn't sure , but had a vague notion of 5000Lev for an average appartment . Like me , he was sceptical about them being prepared to run a pipeline to my house in VT unless I could persuade most of my neighbours to switch to gas as well ; which seems highly unlikely . Given that Bulgaria has just pissed-off the Russians by cancelling the proposed gas pipeline project to Burgas , he also reckoned that there was a good chance that the price of gas (whatever it is) might skyrocket ; its not rocket science , don't you know !
I seem to remember that a couple of MYBGers had LPG tanks installed , and although it wouldn't be practical for my place in VT , it would nevertheless be interesting to hear how cost effective they felt their heating was , a few years on .
With the likely scrapping of the Belene nuclear project (another middle finger to the Ruskies , for which they are demanding compensation) Its unclear how Bulgaria intends to meet future rises in electricity demands , other than a general committment to increase the number of windfarms , and possibly (although as with most of Europe its hard to see how solar would help very much with peak demands in the winter) It is reasonable to assume therefore that the price of electricity will continue to rise , but by how much and how quickly is anybody's guess .
Its also equally unclear how sustainable Bulgaria's forest's are , despite a declining population the demand for firewood seems to be increasing . There certainly seems to be a lot of logging going on , but whether its just affluent Bulgarians and foreigners burning more to keep their gaffs toasty , or , as I've heard tell , firewood being exported, again who knows .
I don't know if anybody on the forum burns coal or not , but judging from the smoke eminating from a couple of chimneys in VT , it looks pretty rank , and unlikely to provide a cleaner alternative to the woodburner . Presumably pellet burners will become more popular , although from what Brianj42 says the quality of pellets is abit of an issue.
Unless we all take up hibernation , it looks as though we have a bit of a quandry . Tim .